Graphic Design Software & Training:
- Canva.com: FREE. Difficulty: Medium. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. Step-by-step tutorial for church communications using Canva by ReFrame Media/ChurchJuice.
- GIMP.org is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.
- Pixlr Photo Editor: FREE. Difficulty: Medium. All the main things you'd expect from a photo editor, from cropping and re-sizing to removing red-eye and whitening teeth. If you're used to using Photoshop, then you'll find Pixlr's user interface easy to pick up quickly, as it's very similar. Free app is available in both iOS and Android varieties.
- Sumopaint: FREE, or $19 for Pro, Medium; similar to Photoshop. On web browser platform. Sumopaint is a highly capable browser-based image editor. All the standard features you'd expect from a desktop tool are present and correct (and by buying the Pro version for $19 you can install a desktop version of the app if you prefer).
- Infogr.am infographics: FREE, Difficulty: Medium. Great way to create charts and graphs.Infogr.am is a great free tool which offers access to a wide variety of graphs, charts, and maps as well as the ability to upload pictures and videos to create cool infographics. Customizing the data that makes up the infographic takes place in an Excel style spreadsheet and can easily be edited, watching the software automatically change the look of the infographic to perfectly represent your data.
- Adobe Creative Suite: $$$, discounted rate of $19.99 paid monthly to Adobe for first year and 40 percent off current retail rate for every year after through TechSoup. Difficulty: Hard. Used by professional graphic designers. "is a software suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe Systems. Each edition consists of several Adobe applications, e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, Premiere Pro or After Effects, InDesign, and Illustrator are the industry standard applications for many graphic design positions." (Wikipedia)
- Photoshop Elements: $...$27 through TechSoup. "A raster graphics editor for entry-level photographers, image editors and hobbyists. It contains most of the features of the professional version but with fewer and simpler options. The program allows users to create, edit, organize and share images. It is a successor of Adobe Photoshop LE (Limited Edition)." (Wikipedia)
- CorelDraw: $...$99 for home & student suite which is reportedly approved for use by churches (please confirm directly with CorelDraw when purchasing). "Corel's Graphics Suite, which bundles CorelDraw with bitmap-image editor Corel Photo-Paint as well as other graphics-related programs. The latest version is designated X8 (equivalent to version 18), and was released in March 2016. CorelDraw is designed to edit two-dimensional images such as logos and posters. (Wikipedia).
- Quark: $$, Difficulty: Hard. QuarkXPress is used by individual designers and large publishing houses to produce a variety of layouts, from single-page flyers to the multi-media projects required for magazines, newspapers, catalogs, and the like." (Wikipedia)
- LiveSwap "is the first graphic design software built specifically for churches and nonprofits. It features an easy-to-use web-based design editor, pre-made templates, and seamless integration with social media. This technology simplifies and accelerates an organization’s ability to create quality graphic designs for church communications." - https://churchtechtoday.com/2018/08/13/liveswap-graphic-design-software-for-every-church/
- PHLEARN on YouTube: A free super resource for training on all things photoshop, lightroom, and video
Graphic resources Coordinated through the episcopal church in colorado:
- StoryBlocks.com, provides unlimited downloads of high-quality, royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations & other design elements. $99/year for a single account; however, if you are interested in sharing this resource with other churches at a cost of $40 per year to your church as part of a larger enterprise account for The Episcopal Church in Colorado, please contact Mike Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- thestocks.im: Best free stock resource I've found to date! Over 830,000 free stock photos, vectors, and art illustrations.
- creationswap.com: You can get 3 free images every 30 days. Very good transitional slides for your TV, and it saves you the time you would have spent creating them. They also have short videos that could be used in Episcopal churches in a couple different ways (specific ministries, team meetings, etc.) The slides are psd files, so you can customize them with your church info; bonus!
- Creative Commons: Search publicly available images
- www.flickr.com Note: only photos with the Creative Common license may be used for free with proper attribution. Go to "advanced search" and click the checkbox to show creative commons only to search useable photos.
- StoryBlocks.com: Unlimited downloads of high-quality, royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations & other design elements. $99/year.
- CanStockPhoto.com: a royalty free stock photography agency that believes professional stock images should be affordable and accessible to everyone.
- iStockphoto.com: Millions of royalty-free images, illustrations, videos, and music clips at good prices.
- CreativeMarket.com: 6 free downloads each week and lots of reasonably priced templates.
- All-Free-Download.com: Lots of great free vector files.
- Illustrio.com: Icons and graphics that automatically adjust to your logo colors.
- Piktochart.com: A nice-looking, free infographic builder with an easy drag-and-drop format. Make quick slides for social media with this great tool.
- Pexels.com: Free stock photos
- Death to stock photo: A cache of free images, which you can use anywhere you like.
- Pixabay: More than 700,000 free stock images, illustrations and vectors.
- Gratisography: Free high-resolution images you can use for all your projects. Categories include animals, objects, people and nature.
- Free Images: More than 400,000 free images and illustrations.
- Unsplash: Free, high-resolution photos you can use anywhere.
- IM Creator: A curated collection of free web design resources for all commercial use.
- PicJumbo: Free stock images in your inbox.
- Free digital photos: Download free images and illustrations for websites, e-books and other online pursuits.
- Morguefile: More than 350,000 free images for commercial use.
- Unrestricted stock: Free stock images and vectors you can use in any capacity.
- Free range stock: Beautiful photos, free of charge.
- Foter: A bank of 335 million free stock photos.
- Superfamous studio: A large database of stock images and illustrations to choose from.
- ChurchMediaDrop.com: Lots of free slide designs (especially seasonal for Advent & Easter). Other tutorials and resources available as well.
- Graphic Burger: Icons neatly categorized for easy discovery.
- Flaticon: The site has more than 457,000 vector icons to peruse.
- The noun project: Nearly a million curated icons, “created by a global community.”
- Entypo: The site contains “411 carefully crafted premium pictograms by Daniel Bruce.”
- Find icons: This website has more than 475,450 free icons to choose from.
- Get iconjar: Premium icons for free.
- To[icon]: Search through featured, related or popular collections to find what you’re looking for.
- Iconmonstr: Browse 262 collections of unique designs.
The Episcopal Church logos
- Click here for downloadable graphics of The Episcopal Church shield and logos.
- Episcopal Church Style Guide (web page)